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What ever happened to the lunch hour – actually getting out of the office for some air and a meal? Fewer American workers are taking time for lunch. Studies show that only one in five people take a break and leave their desks to eat. Most workers are simply eating at their desks. But research has also found that the longer you stay at work, the more important it is to get outside of the office, even if it’s just for a few minutes.
The New York Times looked at S&P 1500 firms and found that for every woman chief executive, there were four men named John, Robert, William or James in a top leadership position. The findings mirror a study released by the University of California, Davis in December that examined female executives at California’s largest public companies.
Just because a product’s label says light, natural, green, energy-saving or numerous other vague terms, doesn’t mean it is.
That’s what the American Sociological Association reports in a new study released this month in the American Sociological Review journal.
(DAVIS, Calif.) — MBA-minded University of California, Davis, alumni may now apply for a new scholarship to help fund their business education by sharing how they would promote “Aggie pride.”
The Aggie Pride Alumni Fellowship is open to applicants to the UC Davis Graduate School of Management’s Part-Time MBA programs who have earned an undergraduate degree at UC Davis. The nationally ranked Part-Time MBA programs are offered in Sacramento and San Ramon. Fellowship recipients will receive up to $3,000.
In this op-ed by Associate Professor Anna Scherbina, she writes that a recent incident involving McDonald’s shows how negative news on one company can cause other businesses to suffer as well, but with a delay – an insight that could help small investors reap significant trading profits, according to her research.
In September, three of Sacramento’s shared workspaces were ranked among the best 75 in the country. Professor Kimberly Elsbach said that while some types of work – like software coding – can be done faster at home, creative ideas typically percolate from a collaborative environment.
America’s political leaders have been divided on the question of innovation policy, and the rift threatens our future prosperity. But a bipartisan solution is possible.
Chancellor’s Senior Advisor for Strategy, Steven C. Currall talks about “Organized Innovation” in this op-ed with co-author Ed Frauenheim.
Our Full-Time MBA program ranks No. 28 in a new compilation of data from QS World University, Eduniversal, U.S. News & World Report, Bloomberg Businessweek, the National Center for Education and Statistics, and PayScale’s Graduate School Salary Report, according to Top Management Degrees.
Super Bowl Commercials
Assistant Professor Olivier Rubel tackles a Super Bowl ad from Nationwide that stirred controversy as people were offended by a commercial discussing a child’s death. The ad was part of Nationwide’s Make Safe Happen campaign, which aims to reduce childhood home accidents. It has a child narrating life experiences they won’t be able to experience before finally revealing he died in an childhood accident.
Star Analysts’ Stock Picks Pay Off
New research shows that All-America Research Team-ranked sell-side equity analysts make better buy and sell calls than their peers.
Although institutional asset managers that participate in the voting for the All-America Research Team say they prize equity analysts most for their industry knowledge and company fundamental analysis, Hodess says the importance of stock picking shouldn’t be underestimated.
In a landmark paper titled “Trading Is Hazardous to Your Wealth,” finance Professors Brad Barber and Terrance Odean tracked thousands of small investors and found a consistent pattern: those who traded a lot performed miserably, and those who traded less did much better. When it comes to investing, lethargy works.
How UC Davis can help make the Sacramento region visible as the fourth economic powerhouse in the state in the league of San Diego, Los Angeles and the Bay Area? Professor Steve Currall is heading up the effort as the chancellor’s senior adviser for strategic projects and initiatives.
Professor David Bunch said the best that consumers can hope for is automation that operates with the same responsiveness — and attractiveness — as the sci-fi, super-smart operating system voiced by Scarlett Johansson in the 2013 movie “Her.” “Would you prefer to speak with Scarlett Johansson?” Bunch asked. “I’d prefer to speak with Scarlett Johansson.”
Research by Professor Kimberly Elsbach, has shown that women are not only more prone to cry at work, but they are also more prone to be judged more harshly, particularly by men, as it makes men uncomfortable.
Amy Myers Jaffe, executive director of energy and sustainability, said from Davos that the Saudi Kingdom signaled the change of leadership, citing a January 6, 2015, speech that Prince Salman read on behalf of King Abdullah defending Saudi Arabia’s oil market strategy.
“Improved funding levels are ‘good news’ because they are moving in the right direction,” says Professor Brad Barber, who has studied public pension funds. “But the bad news is that given the current assumptions, there are still not adequate assets to fund the liabilities.”
Though it may not look like it, a stable poverty rate is consistent with anti-poverty programs that work, says Dean Ann Huff Stevens, who also directs the UC Davis Center on Poverty Research.
Star Stock Analysts’ Tips Are Worth a Lot
Study Finds a Real Advantage, but Investors Have to Act Right Away
Star stock pickers really can beat their peer analysts, but you’ll have to trade fast to profit on their recommendations, Professor Ayako Yasuda tells the Wall St. Journal, based on her research.
Plenty of people maintain that constraints aren’t conducive to competition or creativity. Worrying about what to say and what not to say is precious brainpower that could go toward creative thinking, says Kimberly Elsbach, professor of organizational behavior at the University of California, Davis. Elsbach says that sometimes one person’s loss may be another’s gain, and for the good of the group as a whole.
The data show that Latinas are not only missing, they aren’t even a rounding error on the boards of California’s largest corporations. Three-tenths of one percent of directors of California’s largest public corporations are Latina. Even within the subset of women directors, Latinas only comprise 2 percent of the total.